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something like massive silver, but at room temperature?
Oct 17th, 2016 at 4:00am
 
I have a vase (about 12" x 20") that unfortunately has developed some cracks in the base, up to 1/8" wide. The wood is Acer Campestre, and I think filling the cracks with massive silver (or something that looks just like it) would look really well.

Solder seems to need heat, and I'm afraid of darkening the wood around the cracks. Brass or silver filings in epoxy wouldn't be my first choice, since they don't have that uninterrupted look that I'd like to achieve.

Is there something that cures at room temperature to a continues, gleaming silver surface and is malleable enough to get into the end of cracks? There is silver expoxy to repair electric heating in car windows, but I think that's more of a gray, right? Would very fine silver powder in Epoxy work better?

I'd like to upload a picture, but the pictures I have have too much detail to compress down to 75 KiB.
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Re: something like massive silver, but at room temperature?
Reply #1 - Oct 17th, 2016 at 7:25am
 
Jurriaan Kalkman wrote on Oct 17th, 2016 at 4:00am:
Solder seems to need heat, and I'm afraid of darkening the wood around the cracks.

If you have some scrap Acer Campestre (maple) give solder a try, darkening the edges might look good.
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Re: something like massive silver, but at room temperature?
Reply #2 - Oct 17th, 2016 at 8:12am
 
Ted Sokolowski sells fine metal powders for inlay.  I have used the pewter and like the results.  It looks "uninterrupted"  unless you look very closely.

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Re: something like massive silver, but at room temperature?
Reply #3 - Oct 17th, 2016 at 8:37am
 
aluminum powder in cyanoacrylate glue
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Re: something like massive silver, but at room temperature?
Reply #4 - Oct 17th, 2016 at 9:26am
 
Thanks, I'm going to try the pewter powder, aluminium seems quite a bit more reactive.
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Re: something like massive silver, but at room temperature?
Reply #5 - Oct 17th, 2016 at 2:41pm
 


I have poured nose pieces on maple for muzzle loading rifles and shot guns and for decorative fittings. Pewter (tin) melts at low enough temp to work with wood, and is lead free.

You do want dry wood to avoid steam.

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Re: something like massive silver, but at room temperature?
Reply #6 - Nov 10th, 2016 at 5:50pm
 
Try epoxy colored with a bit of silver colored artist oil paint, but be sure to seal the void first with shellac or sanding sealer to prevent the epoxy from penetrating into the wood. Try a test piece first to make sure it cures hard. I have never had a problem with it curing, but you never know...
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